OR court rules Christian bakery must pay $135G to lesbian couple

OR court rules Christian bakery must pay $135G to lesbian couple

The Oregon Equality Act of 2007 says businesses can not discriminate or refuse service based on sexual orientation - just as they can not turn away customers due to their race, sex, disability, age, or religion. A broad religious exemption to this law would permit any business to deny service to anyone, rendering Oregon's protections against discrimination meaningless. "With this ruling, the Court of Appeals has upheld the long-standing idea that discrimination has no place in America".

Like in Masterpiece, the dispute in Klein involves a bakery owner's refusal to provide a cake for a same-sex wedding celebration despite state law barring public accommodations from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation. All of us are equal under the law and should be treated equally.

This week, an OR appeals court ruled in a case that bears a strong resemblance to the Masterpiece Cakeshop case now before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Aaron and Melissa Klein closed their bakery and appealed the fine - which they paid in 2015 but which has been held by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries since then. The Oregon decision shows how to achieve the right balance.

"Freedom of expression for ourselves should require freedom of expression for others", Mr. Shackelford said in a statement.

Shackelford added, "In a diverse and pluralistic society, people of goodwill should be able to peacefully coexist with different beliefs".

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Different media reports say that female Tunisians were also banned from boarding flights transiting through UAE airports. Tunisian civil organizations and political parties called on the government to respond.

Nine months ago, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries fined Melissa and Aaron Klein $135,000 for discriminating against Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer.

But on Thursday, the court shot down that argument, too, and said the Kleins failed to prove it was not comparable to previous judgments. In a odd twist, the Kleins were originally represented by Alliance Defending Freedom.

The Kleins appealed Avakian's decision, claiming that their religious beliefs do not allow them to support a same-sex wedding in any way, and that their free-speech rights would be abridged if they were compelled to apply their artistry in the service of such a wedding.

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